Could Gallie Bythe Beach be a champion in the making? By the looks of her dominant 1:52.2 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes win at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Thursday (July 12) afternoon, the two-year-old filly packs a lot of punch, possesses a lot of potential, and shows promise for a prosperous career.
The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere was sent off the 1-2 favourite in her $57,227 Sire Stakes division, leaving from post 5 in a scratch-reduced field of six. Floating forward off the gate, Hall of Fame driver John Campbell ducked Gallie Bythe Beach behind early pacesetters Talkative (Andy Mille) and That Woman Hanover (Mike Wilder), tracking a :27.4 first quarter before brushing effortlessly to the fore with a circuit to go. Despite only making her third career start, she coasted through a :55.2 half breaking nary a sweat—and facing only a mild challenge on the far turn.
On the backstretch, Rusty’s Bliss (Corey Callahan) commenced a first-over bid, but made minimal impact on Gallie Bythe Beach, barely gaining into a joint second while Gallie Bythe Beach reached three-quarters in a remarkable 1:23.3. From that point on, she asserted her dominance, opening up at head-stretch entirely on her own, pulling clear to win by 3-3/4 lengths under heavy John Campbell restraint in 1:52.2. Talkative held second from the pocket, and Put On A Display (Tim Tetrick) swung three-wide off a stalled Rusty’s Bliss to make a mild gain into third.
Jim Campbell trains the undefeated Gallie Bythe Beach for Fashion Farms.
Other division winners were Tyra ($12.40, Tim Tetrick, 1:54.1), Beach Body ($15.00, Ron Pierce, 1:53.4), Bahama Blue ($2.80, Tim Tetrick, 1:55.2), and Sister Stroll ($7.60, Yannick Gingras, 1:54.1).
from Harrah's Philadelphia publicity department